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Old 01-10-2013, 03:43 AM   #1
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Just ordered up the Cologne Kolsch extract kit from Midwest Supplies. Anyone have any experience/pointers for this one? It'll be my second brew, the first one was the Autumn Amber Ale thats sitting in the carboy right now finishing up. I read that the Cologne Kolsch needs to be lagered after its done fermenting, is 45°F cold enough to get it crisp and clean? And how long do you think it should sit in the cold, a month?

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Old 01-10-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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Ideally ferment in the mid to low 60's (lower is better) and the lager at just above freezing for at least 3 weeks - Ideally. That being said, 45 will work fine, it just will likely take longer - particularly to clear. Before I had a proper lagering set up, I'd brew lagers in the basement (50 F) and then keg them and then they would sit for a couple months before going on tap. Then I'd give them one week in the kegerator to just sit there, then I'd start enjoying. It worked well enough

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Sweet, thanks!

Would doing a late malt extract addition be the way to go here?

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If you are looking to keep the color very light and authentic, then yes, late malt addition is a good idea

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Ferment cool and use a blowoff tube anyways. That Kolsch yeast, if that's what you're using, can be a intense top cropper if I remember correctly. Oh, and the krausen will likely last pretty much forever. You can rack from underneath it.

And, I had some trouble getting that yeast to clear up without a proper lagering setup. An option to speed that up/help out would be some clarifying agents like isinglass. I would actually recommend it.

Enjoy! I love a good Kolsch!

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